Everybody has a story, and you are the best person to create the narrative for your own one. By the end of this blog post, I hope I’ll convince you to take it seriously and work on it.
There are so many great people in the world doing some truly amazing things but we don’t always hear about them. Only a handful of these amazing people manage to capture the attention of the public long enough, and then of us, to get us hooked. These people are the ones with a powerful story. The story that engages us at the core. The one that we want to hear again and again.
Their stories inspire us, motivate us and push us to do something different with our lives; something so brave that will make us become heroes of our own plotline.
These kinds of stories shape our reality, don’t you think? Without stories, this world would be full of disengaging facts. Plain and dull.
Stories are our primary tools of learning and teaching, the repositories of our lore and legends. They bring order into our confusing world. Think about how many times a day you use stories to pass along data, insights, memories or common-sense advice.
Why telling your story is so important?
There are many reasons why telling your own story should be on TOP of your list. I know you may doubt yourself and your importance in the world from time to time. But when you know who you are and what you want in life, you already have a very good outline for your unique story.
Here is one example:
Say you were born prematurely. There is already a piece of a great story right there. Your parents must have been worried sick for you and your health. Maybe you were the smallest and slowest in your class and you had to work twice as hard to achieve something that others were doing easily. Maybe you were so insecure and fearful that you didn’t dare do much until that one moment when you got inspired… and that changed your life for good.
You’ll notice that in these kinds of stories, there is one constant: our hero, aka YOU, is faced in the beginning with a seemingly insurmountable problem. No matter how big the challenge seems, our hero works hard, fights back and pushes through so that in one moment, his once insurmountable problem is only a story worth telling.
That story is a story of the rite of passage from a regular John Doe to a Hero everyone will remember. And there is no better story than that.
What constitutes a great story?
For a story to be great (not just good), it needs to have a plot. Its hero needs to face adversity (not just one, but many), solve a problem and grow from it. That’s why everyone’s story is so important and unique.
We all face challenges on our path. By sharing your story with others, you get to share your own experience and help someone who might be facing the same challenge. And in helping others, you also get to appreciate yourself more, too.
However, before you move forward to awe the world with your mighty storytelling, make sure you truly believe that your personal story is important. Once you have that clear within you, sharing your story should be easy because it will come from a good place – your heart. And when you do things from heart, people listen and they connect with you on a more personal level.
I’ve found this simple formula works best in creating a story worth telling. Many great storytellers are using it too.
- Once upon a time, there was ___.
- Every day, ___.
- One day ___.
- Because of that, ___.
- Because of that, ___.
- Until finally ___.
- And ever since that day____.
When you start your story like this, you are creating a virtual journey for others to follow; to relate to; to contribute, and lastly, to live your story as if it was their own.
Do you think story-sharing is important? What is your story? Would you mind sharing it with me? I’d love to get to know you better.
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